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Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis

Other plants called Hyssop:

Phonetic Spelling
hiss-SOP-us oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss
Description

This semi-evergreen perennial is native of Southern and Eastern Europe, however, it has naturalized in some areas of the USA.  It performs best when grown in a location that provides some shade from the hot afternoon sun.  It also prefers well-drained, fertile loam soil but will do well in a variety of other soils, include dry sandy conditions.  

It can be grown as a low hedge.  Trimming in the spring is best and will aid in the overall health of the plant.  Untrimmed plants will degenerate over time.  

Its leaves and young shoot tips are edible both raw or used as a flavoring in a variety of dishes, including soups, stews, and salads.  Its oils are sometimes used in potpourris, as a food flavoring, in perfumes, and to flavor liquor.

A self-fertile plant that has both male and female organs and is pollinated by bees.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No noted problems.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Fortune'
'Blue Fortune'
Tags:
#drought tolerant#perennial#blue flowers#herb garden#deer resistant#edible garden#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#erosion tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Fortune'
'Blue Fortune'
Tags:
#drought tolerant#perennial#blue flowers#herb garden#deer resistant#edible garden#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#erosion tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hyssopus
    Species:
    officinalis
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern and eastern Europe
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies and bees
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Edibility:
    The leaves are used as a flavoring.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herb
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The fragrant shiny dark green leaves grow up to 1" in length.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Edible Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Erosion
    Poor Soil